The city of Post Falls has hired a new community development director with more than two decades of experience in city planning.
Alex Ikefuna, of Salt Lake City, will begin June 18. The City Council is expected to confirm his hire tonight.
“Alex has a tremendous background in land uses and has managed growth and development for many years,” Mayor Clay Larkin said. “He’s very knowledgeable and likable. … He will be able to come on board and bring us to a new level of community development.”
Ikefuna, who is a principal for ACI International, said Post Falls’ progressive planning attracted him to the position. He cited the city’s plan to develop a smart code, a method to manage growth by creating neighborhoods with commercial centers and walking trails and encouraging people to live near their workplaces.
“It’s very unusual for a small community to have that kind of orientation,” Ikefuna said Monday.
His philosophy of development with quality growth and strong neighborhoods matched Post Falls’ approach, he said.
“It’s a growing community,” said Ikefuna, 51, who was born and raised in Nigeria. “With that comes a lot of challenges and opportunities.”
Ikefuna, who is married and has three daughters, also has worked as the planning and zoning director for the Salt Lake City Corp., community planning administrator for Savannah, Ga., and regional planner for the Southeast Georgia Regional Development Center.
He has a bachelor’s degree in geography and sociology from Marshall University in West Virginia, a master’s degree in urban planning from the University of Akron in Ohio, and a certificate of public management from the University of Georgia.
He will earn $90,000 a year with Post Falls.
The community development position has been vacant since December, when the city fired Gary Young, who had worked with Post Falls for nearly 15 years. City officials have declined to give a reason for Young’s dismissal. He earned $82,000 a year.
Post Falls launched a nationwide search this spring for a replacement. Nearly two dozen people applied for the job.
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